Available today in streaming on Prime Video, the film tells the true story of the rescue operations of 12 Thai children and their coach trapped in a flooded cave.
Knowing how to transpose true stories into a film is an art. For the obvious absence of a surprise ending, the director must make up for it with the mastery of the story. This is what Ron Howard does in Thirteen Lives, a film about the rescue of a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave during a sudden storm, now available on Prime Video.
“Thirteen Lives”, the plot follows the true story
In Thirteen Lives, the true story and plot of the film match. The narrative makes no concessions to fiction. We are in the north of Thailand, on 23 June 2018 twelve kids from a local football team and their assistant coach decide to visit the Tham Luang cave which is located under a mountain called the Sleeping Lady. During the visit, monsoon rains flood the tunnels and the 13 remain trapped in the darkness of the cave. As evidence of their entry, the bicycles left outside. While families bring offerings to the cave goddess, the Thai Navy Seals try to reach the boys and the coach. To leave us life in the first attempts to free them is Saman Kunan.
Joining the volunteers is a team of divers from the UK including Rick Stanton (played by Viggo Mortensen) and John Volanthen (Colin Farrell). Also joining the group is Australian Dr Richard "Harry" Harris (Joel Edgerton). The film follows the rescue made thanks to an intervention as unscrupulous as it is dangerous, which however became the last hope due to the lack of oxygen in the cave where the 13 missing people found refuge.
"Thirteen Lives", first-rate cast
Ron Howard led a first-rate group that saw Thai actors, including some Hollywood newcomers, and international stars working together. Among them is three-time Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen, who played Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. With him Colin Farrell, the Percival Graves of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, prequel to the Harry Potter saga, and Joel Edgerton, among the protagonists of Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow, a film that reconstructs the operation that led to the capture of Osama Bin Laden. Also starring are Tom Bateman, recently seen in Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Nile, and Paul Gleeson.
Ron Howard, director of the real
From a clumsy high school student from the Happy Days series, Ron Howard has grown into a real-life director. From Apollo 13 onwards, he has never abandoned the trend of true stories brought to the big screen. In A beautiful mind he recounted, winning an Oscar, the life of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash played by Russel Crowe. Still directing Crowe, he drew inspiration from the life of boxer James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man – A Reason to Fight. He continued with Frost / Nixon – The duel, and Rush, about the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. In 2019 he also recounted Pavarotti's life in a documentary of the same name.
"I discovered that in making films based on real events, audiences are fascinated by details – he said – While we spent time with Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson (Paul Gleeson, ed.) And talked with John Volanthen, Chris Jewell (Tom Bateman, ed. ) and Dr. Harris, we kept gathering information and discovering things that could very easily have gone wrong. '
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